Auto electronics have changed a lot since 1989. Tape decks gave way to iPods, LCD screens brought movies to the back seat, and the Internet expanded from college campuses to car interiors. Frank Rodriquez and his crew at Exotic Auto Boutique have worked on the frontlines of this technological evolution, wielding a half century of collective expertise while tailoring vehicles' aesthetics and equipment. Specializing in seamless audio updates using Soundstream equipment, the team also sells listening gear for DIY installation from other brands including Pyle and Kenwood. With an enthusiasm for unusual projects, they invite big dreamers in for complimentary consultations for projects to make over school buses as limos, trick out children's bikes, or transform pumpkins into horse-drawn teleportation devices.
The hard-working car washers at Staten Island Auto Bath restore glowing complexions to autos while protecting tires and paint from damage. Using high-pressure machines, they evict grime from jalopies and add protective coats of wax, tire-shielding treatments, and a thick pair of long underwear to restore showroom shines. Air compressors dry all visiting vehicles, which roll in and out from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday?Saturday, closing at 4:30 p.m. on Sundays.
• For $5, you get a full-service exterior car wash and interior vacuum at Robin Hood Car Wash in Bloomfield (up to a $10 value). • For $5, you get an exterior car wash at Linden Express Wash in Linden (up to a $9.99 value). • For $6, you get a deluxe exterior car wash (up to a $12 value) at Supreme Car Wash in Newark. • For $6, you get a full-service exterior car wash and interior vacuum at Kearny Auto Spa in Kearny (up to an $11.95 value). • For $6, you get a full-service exterior car wash and interior vacuum at Jax Car Wash in Maywood (up to an $11.95 value). • For $6, you get a full-service exterior car wash and interior vacuum at Magic Touch Auto Spa in Lodi (up to an $11.95 value). • For $6, you get a Super Service exterior car wash and interior vacuum at Prestige Car Wash in Hackensack (up to a $12.99 value). • For $7, you get a full-service exterior car wash and interior vacuum at Prowash in Union (up to a $13.95 value). • For $7, you get a full-service deluxe exterior car wash and interior vacuum at Big Daddy’s Car Wash & Quick Lube in North Bergen (up to a $13.95 value). • For $7, you get a full-service exterior car wash and interior vacuum at Roxbury Car Wash in Ledgewood (up to a $14 value). • For $7, you get a custom exterior wash and interior vacuum at Emerald City Auto Spa in North Plainfield (up to a $14.99 value).
At Island Park Car Wash, there's a type of car wash for every budget?even a free full service wash, included with each oil change. Other car wash options leave autos sparkling with the aid of luxurious extras, such as hot wax, triple-foam polish, and interior detailing.
Having left the corporate world to pursue his automotive passions more than 20 years ago, owner Uri Shemelzman and his attentive staff at Classic Seville Car Wash devote their time to full-service cleanings at the auto center's half-acre complex. Within the indoor car-wash facility, biodegradable products scour rides during hand washes or 5- to 7-minute automated car washes that drivers can cheer on from behind glass windows. During interior and exterior detailing sessions, the crew makes over vehicles with leather varnish and waxes until autos are confident enough to merge onto fashion runways. Classic Seville Car Wash lathers cars, motorcycles, trucks, and RVs seven days a week.
Two Guys Autoplex has been in the auto business for more than 30 years, and during that time it's mastered just about every facet of auto care. Aside from a wide slate of repairs and maintenance services—performed by ASE-certified technicians who hold specialties in European, Japanese, and American vehicles—the shop offers detailing services, auto-body and glass repairs, custom design, and upholstery restoration. Two Guys Autoplex is also a licensed New York State inspection station, and therefore qualified to test vehicles for emissions, smog, and high fevers.